In Memoriam: Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon 1935-2009

With a heavy heart, Women & Their Work would like to mark the passing of Jeanne-Claude. Part of one of contemporary art’s most fantastic partnerships, she and her husband Christo produced some of the best known and marvelous monuments in modern memory. Their work has been praised and admired worldwide both by the public and critics.

Revolutionizing the creation of monumental-scale art, Jeanne-Claude and Christo made works of joy and wonderment, always with the avowal that their work was without any statement other than the celebration of landscape. With a number of works across the world over the course of 50 years, some of their best known installations include Wrapped Reichstag (1995), Running Fence (1976), and The Gates (2005). Although the couple worked together exclusively, there was always an independent spirit in each, as is attested by the documentary collection 5 Films About Christo and Jeanne-Claude. She was Christo’s partner and his muse. She was ours as well. We will miss her.

New York Times Obituary writer William Grimes has written a beautiful chronicle of Jeanne-Claude’s life. You can find it here.

Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon
June 13, 1935 – November 18, 2009


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Known for its pioneering spirit, embrace of artistic innovation, and commitment to Texas audiences and artists, Women & Their Work Art Space is a one of a kind statewide non-profit organization. Voted “Best Gallery” numerous times in the Austin Chronicle Readers Poll, Women & Their Work Gallery showcases exhibitions of contemporary art throughout the year and presents performances, readings, film screenings and educational outreach programs.
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3 Responses to In Memoriam: Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon 1935-2009

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  3. urdead2me says:

    RIP – Jeanne-Claude, 74, who shared a birthday w/ husband and partner, Christo. May she wrap heaven in shimmering fabrics.

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